— New York Mets (@Mets) May 8, 2018
New York Mets starting pitcher P.J. Conlon hilariously hung up the phone on his manager notifying him that he’d been called up to The Show.
The year was 1988. The movie was Bull Durham, a tale of a North Carolina minor league baseball team comprised of a young hotshot pitcher and veteran catcher with all the knowledge. Such knowledge extended to his short stint in The Show—Major League Baseball.
Everything was better, as Crash so eloquently explained on the team’s broken down and sweaty bus:
The old minor-league vet was spewing frustration in knowing just how hard he’s worked and how little he traveled.
New York Mets starting pitcher P.J. Conlon should pop in the ’88 classic immediately for he almost missed out on the call of a lifetime.
Per his postgame interview in the clubhouse (video above), Conlon explains that he actually missed and then hung up on his manager at 9:30 in the morning who was calling him to notify the lefty that he’d been called up to The Show.
It turns out Conlon wisely answered his cell a little later and made it to Cincinnati in time to pitch against the Reds. All told, Conlon gave up three runs and two walks on four hits in 3.2 innings pitched. He also collected his first major league hit and later scored on a sac-fly.
Conlon’s first MLB memory can be called a positive one. It’s a good thing he paid his cell phone bill while in Vegas.